A ratfolk archer.
Type Humanoid
CR By character class
Environment Warm deserts,
Adjective Ratfolk
Images of ratfolk

Source: Bestiary 3, pg(s). 231

Ratfolk are small people who resemble humanoid rats. They are found as both itinerant merchants and scavengers in the cities of other races.[1]


Standing about four feet tall and weighing eighty pounds, ratfolk have whiskered snouts and long, scaly tails just like common rats. When in cities, they wear heavy robes to conceal their rodentlike features, which unnerve other races.[1]

Habitat and society

A ratfolk.

Ratfolk are communal by nature, living in colonies of up to 100 adults. They make their homes either on the road in traveling caravans, in the sewers and slums of large cities, or in subterranean caves. Their warrens are complex enough to easily hide their hoards or escape from enemies. Ratfolk merchants trawl markets for intriguing items, which they value over money. Ratfolk have an affinity for all kinds of rodents, including rats and dire rats, and they excel at tinkering and alchemy.[1] Although not known for their trickery (they take great pride in their professionalism when dealing with other races), they are not above using their size and numbers to outwit or outmaneuver an enemy when threatened.[2]

On Golarion

Mounted ratfolk.

On Golarion, ratfolk are found in great numbers in the Darklands beneath the continent of Tian Xia, where they rule their own empire, Diguo-Dashu, in the caverns of Sekamina.[3] These ratfolk declared war on Imperial Lung Wa in 4251 AR and seized a dozen cities before the Imperial Army drove them back into the deeps and sealed the entrances to the Darklands behind them.[4] Other large numbers of ratfolk dwell in Deepmarket, a subterranean city located far beneath the city of Goka,[5] and the City of Whistling Swords, a ruined tengu city in Kwanlai.[6]

Tribes of primitive ratfolk live on the western edge of the Dirt Sea in the Hold of Belkzen.[7] A ratfolk settlement can be found in the Sellen Hills region of Numeria named Chitterhome.[8]

Ular Kel in Casmaron counts ratfolk among the many non-human inhabitants of its Khoretz district.[9]

On distant worlds

Golarion is not the only world on which ratfolk make their homes. Akiton, the savage Red Planet, is home to a culture of rat-people known as the Ysoki who are equally comfortable in the open desert, subterranean caves, and the slums of human cities. The Ysoki are extremely protective of their packmates and often gang up on enemies more physically powerful than they are.[10] Thanks to the cross-planetary trade facilitated by the network of portals linking the two worlds, many Ysoki have also spread to the Green Planet, Castrovel.[11]


Paizo published a major section about ratfolk in Monster Codex, and an article on ratfolk in Blood of the Beast.